By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor
Bob Benton wears many hats around the Palisades. He is the Commissioner of the Pacific Palisades Baseball Association, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and serves on the committee for the annual Palisades Will Rogers Run. He also works as a marshal every year at Riviera. He talked about that this week with the Palisadian-Post:
PP: How long have you been a marshal at Riviera?
BB: Since 2003. I was asked to work the PGA tournament when it came to Riviera and I’ve worked the LA Open ever since.
PP: How does one get involved with the tournament?
BB: You just sign up. Under normal circumstances they can always use more marshals!
PP: What are the primary responsibilities of a marshal?
BB: Marshals are stationed on each hole, driving range and putting green to keep the speed of play going and keep spectators out of the pro’s way. It’s incredible how many marshals and volunteers, all unpaid, are needed to hold a golf tournament… it’s in the hundreds. I’ve met wonderful people who volunteer their time to make this event as special as it is.
PP: Can you request to be assigned to a specific hole?
BB: You can try, but the tournaments will put you on the hole where they need you.
PP: What memory stands out most? Is there a year or shot that sticks out in your mind?
BB: One year I walked 18 holes with Rory, DJ and Tiger!
PP: Have you ever shot or witnessed a hole in one?
BB: I’ve played enough golf that I’ve been lucky enough to have a few cold ones myself and I’ve witnessed a few more.
PP: Who have you enjoyed watching most over the years?
BB: My favorite player growing up was Arnold Palmer. As a matter fact, he was my favorite player for most of my life. Recently, I’ve enjoyed watching Jordan Spieth… both for his game and his personality.
PP: What is your best score?
BB: I’ve played golf all of my adult life. My lowest round was a three-under 67 at my home course, Los Angeles Country Club.
PP: How often do you get to play at Riviera?
BB: Usually once a year as a guest. Many years ago I’d break 80 here now and then but I don’t recall my lowest score or the year.
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